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Intro to Reverse Mortgages

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Imagine living in your home without a traditional monthly mortgage payment *, or instead enjoying monthly loan proceeds from the years you’ve invested in your home. A reverse mortgage is a unique mortgage designed for seniors 62 and older. You may enjoy access to part of the equity in your home and the freedom and comfort of the home you’ve known for so many years. It’s your home, now you can put it to work for you.

using modern technology can help elderly peopleA reverse mortgage allows seniors 62 and older to access part of the equity in their home.

Reverse mortgage borrowers retain ownership and title to their home*. It’s yours just as it was before, but now you can benefit from the equity that’s been building in your home for years. In addition, HECM (Home Equity Conversion Mortgage) reverse mortgage loans give you the peace of mind of a loan that is insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and where your home and property are the only assets which secure the loan. To retain the home when the reverse mortgage becomes due and payable, the heirs may choose to keep the home and pay 95% of the home’s appraised value, less customary closing costs real estate commissions.

You can get a reverse mortgage on your primary residence and no repayment is due until the home is sold, the last borrower passes away or permanently leaves the home*. Borrowers also must keep the home in good condition, pay property taxes and keep homeowner’s insurance coverage to avoid the loan becoming due and payable.

As a protection, all those seeking a reverse mortgage are required to obtain counseling (from an independent HUD-approved third-party counselor) prior to incurring any costs associated with the loan (other than the counseling fee). While proceeds from a reverse mortgage are not subject to personal income taxation, borrowers should seek tax advice on how proceeds may affect government needs-based programs such as Medicaid.

The Facts

  • A Reverse mortgage is a specialized loan for seniors 62 and older.
  • A reverse mortgage allows seniors to access a portion of the equity in their home.
  • Borrowers maintain title and ownership of their home*.
  • Proceeds from a reverse mortgage are not subject to personal income taxation, but borrowers should seek tax advice on how proceeds may affect government needs-based programs such as Medicaid.
  • It is not a government grant, but a loan that is repaid in the future when the home is sold or the last borrower dies or permanently leaves their residence.
  • A reverse mortgage is eligible only for the borrower’s primary or principal residence.
  • HUD counseling (from an independent HUD-approved third-party counselor) is required prior to the borrower incurring any costs associated with the loan.
  • A reverse mortgage loan is secured by a mortgage on the home and failure to comply with loan terms could result in foreclosure.

* There are some circumstances that will cause the loan to mature and the balance to become due and payable.
* Borrower is still responsible for paying property taxes, homeowner’s insurance and maintaining the property to HUD standards.
* Credit is subject to age, income standards, credit history, and property qualifications.
* Program rates, fees, terms, and conditions are not available in all states and subject to change.
* Borrowers should seek professional tax advice regarding reverse mortgage proceeds.